I decided to skip today’s workout, because my body just wasn’t feeling it. My back has been a little more sore than usual and my hip flexors are really, really tight (despite stretching them throughout the day). So…I thought it would be better to skip rather than add extra stress to any already stressed-out body. I will spend the evening quietly stitching away at home.
As if cardio and booty exercises weren’t tough enough on their own! In true Hourglass fashion, things needed to be a little more complicated and challenging.
And boy, was tonight’s class ever challenging. The perfect way to start off “triple hell week”. That’s three weeks of five classes in a row. Although I’m still struggling with endurance, I felt that I performed much better during today’s workout.
Tonight’s instructor was Lonie. I really like her. She’s tough, but funny at the same time. Really knows her stuff and demos the exercises quite well.
To say my quads were on fire is an understatement. My goal is to not have to stop as often as I do. I had a bit of a problem doing sumo squats w/ kettle bells on the bench. My hip flexors were super duper tight and I could feel the strain when lowering into the squat. I don’t know how often I need to stretch these suckers out, but it seems like nothing’s helping to lengthen them.
I will soldier on! We finished the class with a round of booty blasts. I think I did pretty darn good in this round, so I left pleased with myself.
Tomorrow’s workout is upper body. I hope I can complete this class decently as I’m still pretty sore from Sunday’s upper body personal training session.
Back is still holding out, although it’s a bit sore. I’m very aware of how I feel right after waking in the morning. I also gauge how I feel right before class. If I don’t feel good, I won’t go.
Ahh…just what I wanted to hear. My abs need serious work, so this is just what I needed.
Today’s instructor was Stephanie.
This is the first time I’ve worked with Stephanie. The class was well paced and most of the exercises provided the ab burn we were looking for.
We had a cardio drill in between each circuit, which helped keep the heart rate up. Ab exercises were performed with TRX straps, bosu balls, punching bags, and more.
I think I became a little over zealous during my punching drill. My hand was quite sore and it was a bit strained when I opened and closed it. Next time, I’ll remember to put on the boxing gloves, or not punch so hard with bare hands.
Boxing! Woo hoo! My favourite of all the classes. I just love punching stuff.
Today’s instructor was Lyzabeth. Our workout included jabs, uppercuts, hooks, and body shots. We also did two types of ab exercises. When that was done, we did an exercise with a little twist added, making it much harder. I think everyone’s shoulders were on fire. We played the 20/20 game and at the very end, we did an ab/punching drill combo. Challenging, but awesome.
I had a great workout.
Back is still holding up. Lyzabeth checks in with me throughout the class to make sure I’m not exerting my back in any way. I am grateful that she truly cares about her clients and her #hourglassteam.
OK. I’m not going to lie. I was a wee bit worried about what exercises were on tap for today’s workout. Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
Our instructor was Tyra, and she guided us through a challenging workout. There wasn’t as much jumping as I thought there would be. Jumping jacks were involved, but that was the most difficult of the jumping exercises.
Today’s class was fast paced, and I tried my best to keep up. I did have to stop numerous times to catch my breath and to release the burn in whatever body part we happened to be working on. I couldn’t help but get angry with myself for stopping so often. I can’t believe my endurance is next to nothing. It’s so frustrating.
I am trying really hard not to be so hard on myself. I keep reminding myself that I’m doing the best I can given my circumstances.
Having said that, when it’s all said and done, I feel really, really good after each workout. Just knowing that I actually showed up for class and didn’t quit–well, that helps me feel much better.
Yesterday marked my sixth class of boot camp. I haven’t lost any weight yet, which is annoying me just a little bit. I’m not going to lie. When I was weight training, I wasn’t focused on weight. I knew I’d be gaining, and I was OK with that. Now that I want to lose weight, I don’t see it happening, and that’s frustrating too.
Patience, my dear. Patience.
I was registered to attend tonight’s workout, but I decided to skip. I am just too tired and sore. I don’t think I’d be giving it my 100% if I went. I’m going to listen to my body, and I’m going to bed early and try to get as much rest as possible.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a workout with Lyzabeth, so I was excited about today’s class. I knew it was going to be a challenge!
Here are some of Lyzabeth’s credentials. I was only able to capture a portion of it. There’s a lot more listed on the actual page (click on photo source link to read more).
I started with a treadmill warmup with two other girls (there are only three treadmills at present time) while the other girls jumped rope.
After the warmup we did a quick run-through of what the exercises would be for the night. It looked like it was something I could handle, so I was pleased.
I can’t run through all the exercises we did, but I will tell you that one of the stations was walking on a 15% incline on the treadmill with a 12-lb weighted vest. I started my pace at 3.5, but I bumped it down to 3.0 after about a minute and a half. That didn’t last long because Lyzabeth was hot on my tail and made me bump it up to at least 3.3. LOL! Thanks, Lyzabeth…Love you too!
I felt great finishing the workout, and I pushed through another tough session with minimal back issues. Of course, I’m always aware of the movement before I go full on. If I feel any kind of twinge or pull in my back, I stop and modify to the best of my ability.
I’ve been hydrating throughout and after class with 100% organic coconut water. I haven’t been taking any BCAA or glutamine or anything like I was in the past. I will probably implement those once I feel like I’ve gotten into a consistent rhythm with my workouts. I’m trying to keep my diet as clean as possible.
I’m so glad today was upper body. Yesterday’s lower-body workout really did me in. My quads and butt are still feeling it.
Nevertheless, I headed into the club for tonight’s workout with a positive outlook. Today’s instructor was Candice, and she took us through some drills that included a bit of everything.
Before starting the drills however, we started with a timed challenged, which included approximately eight or nine exercises. Each exercise was a different amount of repetitions. If I’m not mistaken, my time was 8:30. I did exclude two different exercises because of the whole plyo/jumping thing, and I skipped the burpees, because my back couldn’t handle the bottom movement of the burpee just yet.
In all, I put in effort and had a pretty good workout. I managed to burn about 982 calories. Works for me!
I was looking forward to tomorrow’s workout because Lyzabeth was the scheduled instructor, but she popped into the club unexpectedly (for me anyway).
I was very happy to see her, and she’s as gorgeous as she’s always been. We had a little chat regarding my back, which was nice.
I also purchased a couple of new Hourglass workout tank tops. I took advantage of the sale and purchased two for $40. I will post photos of my new tanks in a future post.
Food has been spot on. I haven’t had anything “illegal” at all, so I think I’m making good progress towards my 10-lb weight-loss goal.
Another Monday, another workout.
Last week, I had to miss Wednesday’s workout, because I had to go to a viewing for my boss’ mother who passed away earlier in the week. I didn’t sign up for Thursday’s class, as it was a challenge of some sort. I’m not up to any challenges yet, so I skipped that one.
The rest of the week was spent resting up. I didn’t see my trainer either on the weekend, because she was writing her final exam.
Monday quickly rolled around and it was time for another session under Tyra’s instruction.
Today was pretty exciting because the permanent Hourglass location finally opened up. There are a few things that need to be tweaked, but that’s expected with construction. It’s never completed on time, and it’s never on budget.
As part of the new opening, we got these funky little key chain swipe cards. We’ll be signing in with these once everything’s up and running. This evening, attendance and handing out these swipe cards were being done manually.
So, on to the workout. Goodness gracious! It was tough. But a good tough. As disgusting as this may sound, I was happy that sweat was dripping off my face towards the second part of the class.
We did our workout circuit style, and we did some familiar exercises. We also had a chance to work some of the new toys into the workout.
Did I mention it was tough? Yeah, my heart rate monitor read 971 calories burned.
I did struggle a little bit when we were doing some of the floor work, specifically booty-targeted exercises. I could not do the fire hydrant with my right leg. My hip flexor felt like it was ripping! Not pulling or just uncomfortable, just ripping right through the side of my arse! I had to stop. I tried it without the ankle weight and that didn’t help at all. All this despite having foam rolled at home before leaving. I was able to do it on my left side fairly decently.
I had to modify some of the plyo-type finishes towards the end of the workout. Jumping around isn’t plausible for me right now for a couple of reasons.
Tomorrow’s workout is upper body drills. It will be a welcome relief from today’s lower body workout.
I’m suffering from a little bit of DOMS this morning, but overall, I’m feeling well. My back seems to have held out yesterday’s workout. Granted, I was exhausted last night, but I’m glad I overcame my fear of injury completing that class.
Today’s instructor was Lonie.
This was my first meeting with Lonie. I have read her posts and comments in the Hourglass Facebook group, but I never had the pleasure of meeting her. I was very happy to know that Lonie was aware of my back issues and took a minute to speak to me about my back before class started.
We quickly warmed up with skipping. I didn’t do very well in this area. I really need to practice. Whatever happened to the awesome skipping skills I acquired as a youngster?
After the skipping, we had a quick tabata drill. Most of the punches I knew from previous Hourglass boxing workouts, but there was one new exercise introduced to me tonight, and boy, was it ever difficult. My shoulders were on fire on round two of the drill. We had eight rounds of this exercise and then we repeated it again at the end of class! Ouch!
The class was challenging, and I loved every minute of it. I had to swap out a few exercises to accommodate my back, but Lonie was very helpful in providing alternatives. At the end of the night, I felt good. Of course, I was a bit disappointed that I’m slacking a bit in terms of stamina, but I’m giving myself a pass for now, and I’m allowing myself time to heal and grow.
After class I looked forward to having my post-workout snack. I made turkey muffins that included egg whites and quinoa. I asked hubby to season the turkey for me, because I find ground turkey quite bland. I eagerly took a bite of my turkey muffins and was assaulted with salt. Good grief! What did this man to do my muffins? I called him to question what ingredients he used, and he said he might have used a little bit too much soy sauce. Uh, yeah…you think? I told him whatever weight I lost (if any), I would be gaining back in water weight. We laughed about it though, because it was kind of amusing. I brought three muffins with me, but managed to eat only two. I downed a whole lot of water with that too!